The enduring (or, some might say, irritatingly never-ending, though I’m not one of those!) romance/mystery/general interest about the Knights Templar seems to always take on another form or interpretation in the public eye, mainly through different media. There have been numerous books and articles written about the Order as well as television episodes and movies.
I first got interested in the Knights Templar while watching the 1984 first season episode of the British series ROBIN OF SHERWOOD titled “Seven Poor Knights of Acre.” Up to that point, I may have heard of the Templars but really didn’t know that much about them. In this particular episode, a golden seal of the Templars, depicting their “logo” of two knights riding on a horse, had been stolen and, of course, the Knights think Robin and the gang are the culprits.
ROBIN OF SHERWOOD is my favorite take on the Robin Hood legend. Lasting for three seasons and combining gritty period realism with added mystical elements, the show had high production qualities and great acting. Each episode was filmed on location and looked like mini-movies with very-detailed quality.
Interestingly, a 2009 book by author John Paul Davis titled “Robin Hood: The Unknown Templar” makes the case that Robin was a Templar himself. I’ve not read the book but it got some good reviews saying Davis makes a compelling argument for his hypothesis. If that’s true then, couldn’t other historical and, like Robin Hood, legendary figures, also have been Knights Templar? And, if so, why would it matter?
In the big scheme of things, it wouldn’t, but being a fan of secret organizations and historical mysteries, these kind of shadowy conjectures are always at the back of my mind when I’m writing. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but I do love a good mystery, especially when it goes against the norm and shakes everything up.
There are some contemporary Templar organizations such as the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar, which is part of the Freemasons. As I mentioned in my previous post, there is some speculation the Knights Templar, in fact, became the Freemasons. Some Freemason groups, like the Grand Encampment, have divisions which include “Knights Templar” in their titled designation.
Some historical/political Freemasons included George Washington (whose George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA is a great place to visit!), Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Colin Powell and Al Gore. Would this association possibly make them Templars as well? Intriguing, isn’t it?
As a result, such conjecture, speculation, etc., in my mind, gives me some leeway and artistic license to portray the Knights Templar as having been reborn into the 23rd Century in my serial novel, THE ENDGAME CHRONICLES. Hey, why not? These futuristic Knights Templar may possess the trappings of the old guard but they don’t necessarily follow the same precepts such as poverty and celibacy. They would have adopted the technology and mores of that future culture, working within and without the “system of that time to generate great power.
And, more importantly, to try to hold on to that power.